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December 27, 2015

The Five Books I Want to Read This Winter

I have high hopes of reading from my shelves in 2016. Yes, the shiny new titles often call for attention, but I want to read some of those books that called out to me five or ten years ago. I think I'll wind up with a mix of old and new, but I hope to focus on what I actually own. These are the five that are currently on my nightstand (or on my Nano). What do you think? Which should be the first for 2016? I'm leaning toward Like Family.

I've had an ARC of this one for a couple of years now, but I didn't want to read it too close to reading All the Light We Cannot See. I think enough time has passed so I won't get the two mixed up.

This one has been on several of my "soon to be read" lists on this blog. I say it's high time, don't you?

I've wanted to listen to the audio production of this book for at least a year. My library still doesn't have it available to download, but I was given a subscription to Audible.com for Christmas and it's the first thing I purchased. Can. Not. Wait!
 
My dear friend, Bellezza, sent me this gorgeous novel for my birthday earlier this month. Don't you love the cover art? We fly home from Oregon on New Year's Day and I have the following two days off before returning to work. I think I'll spend next Saturday curled up on my couch with a cup of hot tea and this lovely book.
I've read a lot of books by Rosamunde Pilcher, but for some reason I've let this one languish for far too long on my shelves. I loved the way she described everyday life in The Shell Seekers and look forward to visiting Cornwall once again through her eyes.

How about you? Do you have a list of books you'd like to read this winter or do you just grab whatever catches your eye? Do you know what will be your first book of 2016?

16 comments:

  1. So glad Like Family appeared safely! It's a short read, and one that made me review the special people in my life. I liked it for that.

    I've been seeing The Nightingale everywhere, and of course missed buying it when Barnes and Noble had it as a Daily Find for $1.99. Now I'll have to be person 999 at our local library... ;)

    I loved reading about your plans for the new year, at least the start of them! xoxo

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    1. I apologize for not letting you know when the book arrived, Meredith! It was a hectic week at work (to say the least!) and I planned to send you a proper thank you note before heading to Oregon for Christmas. There will be one in the mail shortly, but do know that I am touched by your gifts and cherish your friendship.

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  2. I tried making lists several years ago but it didn't work for me so I usually grab whatever strikes me at the time. I've only read one of those books - The Invention of Wings - and I loved it.

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    1. If you've followed this blog as long as I think you have, you'll notice that I make a lot of lists, but rarely stick to them. :) Glad to hear you enjoyed The Invention of Wings. I've yet to hear a negative remark about it.

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  3. I have The Nightingale and want to read it this year too. I read Coming Home years and years ago and am thinking I might like to read that again as well. I'm planning on 2016 being a year of reading from my shelves - either actual or virtual - and including lots of rereading. I'm not going to ignore the new stuff, but I definitely want to move away from predominantly 'new'. The cover on your 'birthday' book is lovely. Enjoy!

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    1. I've been saving The Nightingale for that perfect time of year when I'm least distracted. I'm really hoping January is that time! I remember you talking about Coming Home and again, have kept it on my shelf for that perfect moment to begin. Maybe we'll wind up reading it at or near the same time and can chat about it when we've finished.

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  4. I started Like Family yesterday and read half of it! It"s a short book that hooked me quickly. Hope you enjoy it. Our Christmas was nice, my husband says, his best ever-- the family partšŸ˜˜Hope you had a special Christmas as well.

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    1. Yay! Glad to hear it's one that pulls you in from the get-go!

      Glad you had such a good Christmas. Ours has been very nice, albeit low-key. We're relaxing in Oregon until New Year's Day. Can't really think of anywhere else I'd rather be, especially since it's snowing at home.

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  5. Five seems much more manageable than the traditional ten book list. The audio version of The Invention of Wings was wonderful, and my book club had a feast with A Homemade Life - we each made a different recipe! The Nightingale is on my short list and Like Family is on my wish list.

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    1. Well, I hope to read more than five before Spring rolls around, but I decided to go with the short list. :)

      So glad to know that the audio of The Invention of Wings is a winner. I've been in an audio book rut of late. I've been listening to a Tana French book (The Secret Place) for what seems likes months! I'm ready to call it quits, but I'm probably close to the end and hate to quit without finding out whodunit.

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  6. I liked Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings. The rest of the titles I added to my to-read list.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to listening to The Invention of Wings. It's been on my To Be Listened To list for over a year! Hope it lives up to all the praise...

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  7. I've listened to the Nightingale and The Invention of Wings. I thought both were good, but liked Wings a bit more, even though I thought it was a little boring at times. I hope you love them all.

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    1. Glad to know that you liked both of these, Joy. I'm really excited about my reading this coming year!

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  8. Second time today I've seen Like Family on a blog - think I'm going to have to check it out!

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    1. I thought it was pretty good, Lisa!

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